Board of Directors
Mr Benson PUAH Tuan Soon
Lead Independent Director
Mr Benson Puah is the Lead Independent Director of the Board of the Managers
Mr Puah is the CEO of The Esplanade Co Ltd, where he is responsible for its overall development, management, programming and artistic direction. Mr Puah also serves on various boards, companies and committees. In 2008, he was the first Asian to be elected as Chair of the New York-based International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), a position he held for two years before retiring as immediate Past Chair for another year. In 2010, he was conferred the Chevalier in the Ordes des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his contributions to the arts in Singapore.
Mr Puah was previously the CEO of the National Arts Council, a statutory board under the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, from August 2009 to July 2013, where he has played a significant role in facilitating the development of the arts in Singapore. He was also the Chairman of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC) from January 2003 to October 2013.
Prior to joining The Esplanade Co Ltd. in July 1998, Mr Puah was CEO of Temasia Health Pte. Ltd., a government-linked company investing and developing business in health care services from August 1997 to June 1998. He was also the Chief Executive of Sentosa Development Corporation, a government statutory board which was responsible for the development, management and promotion of Sentosa and 11 off-shore islands from March 1995 to July 1997. Mr Puah has over 20 years of experience in pioneering hospitality projects from his international career in the hospitality industry with leading luxury hotel companies.
Mr Puah holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Hotel, Catering and Tourism Administration from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom.